QPR boss Chris Ramsey has given his full backing to Joey Barton, but admits his skipper needs to keep his emotions in check.
Having received yellow cards in seven successive gamed before today's relegation six-pointer at Hull City, Barton upgraded to a red after being sent off for clashing with Ahmed Elmomahady during the first half.
Ramsey insists he will not being stripping Barton of the armband, and will in fact take no action at all until he has reviewed a video of the game.
He said: “I haven't really seen the incident, and until I review it I won't really discuss it. I'm not glossing it over, but there's no point in coming out and making statements if I haven't seen it. I would rather look at it in the cold light of day and discuss it with the player.
“Joey apologised straight away. There is no question (over Barton's captaincy). To be honest, I haven't been around Joey his whole career, only since I've been in the job, and he's been a fantastic professional.
“It's always difficult when you have players who have that edge to keep their emotions under control, but it's something we have to keep under wraps.
“We'll be without Joey for a few games now, but I'm sure he will lend a hand around the place and make sure the young players know their roles.”
Following Barton's red, QPR looked good for at least a point after Charlie Austin equalised Nikica Jelavic's opener for Hull, but the Rs were undone by Dame N'Doye's late winner for the hosts.
Ramsey added: “The boys adjusted really well, but unfortunately we couldn't hold on at the death. The players reacted fantastically, it's a problem we've had all season that we've not been concentrating right to the end.
“I'm more disappointed with the hard work which went down the drain (than Barton's red card). But I wouldn't say all that hard work was for nothing as we took a lot of positives from it.”